Windsurfing and Kiteboarding in Honolulu and Oahu
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Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
Those who call windsurfing and kiteboarding cheating because they require no paddling have never tried hanging on to a sail or kite. It will turn your arms to spaghetti quicker than paddling ever could, and the speeds you generate earn these sports the label of "extreme."
Windsurfing was born here in the Islands. For amateurs, the windward side is best because the onshore breezes will bring you back to land even if you don't know what you're doing. The newer sport of kiteboarding is tougher but more exhilarating, as the kite will sometimes take you in the air for hundreds of feet. We suggest only those in top shape try the kites, but windsurfing is fun for all ages.
Equipment and Lessons
Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks. Within walking distance of Kailua Beach, this outfitter offers everything you'll need for a day on the water including kayak and stand-up paddleboarding lessons, rentals, and guided tours. Kayak rentals start at $59 for a single for a half-day or $69 for 24 hours. Double kayaks run $10 more. Guided kayak tours start at $129. Kailua Beach Center, 130 Kailua Rd., Kailua, HI, 96734. 808/262–2555. www.kailuasailboards.com.
Naish Hawaii. While they are prohibited by law from providing instruction, Naish Hawaii continues as the sole provider of equipment rentals for those who are already proficient. You can rent windsurfing equipment and kiteboards for a half-day or for 24 hours. The company also rents stand-up paddleboards by the half-day or for 24 hours. 155A Hamakua Dr., Kailua, HI, 96734. 808/262–6068. www.naish.com. Windsurfers from $50; kiteboards from $25.
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